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A MILLION HAPPY NOWS: The Official Trailer Starring Crystal Chappell and Jessica Leccia!

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The tremendously talented Crystal Chappell has been hard at work over the last year and more on her first feature film for her company Open Book Productions company and Perfect Features.

The motion picture, A Million Happy Nows has been talked about on social media by Chappell and her team for quite some time, but Sunday night in conjunction with, and to support  CNN’s showing of the Glen Campbell biopic, “I’ll Be Me’, the trailer for A Million Happy Nows has been released!

A Million Happy Nows shares a common theme with the Glen Campbell film, shedding light on people struggling with the effects of  Alzheimer’s disease.  And for fans of Guiding Light’s Otalia, Venice the Series, and The Grove, it gives them a new vehicle to see the undeniable on-screen chemistry of longtime scene partners, Jessica Leccia and Crystal Chappell.

The synopsis for the new film reveals that Chappell stars in a role written specifically for her – that of actress Lainey Allen – who is tired of being sidelined for younger talent on the soap she has starred in for twenty years.  Coupled with finding it harder to retain her lines, she decides not to renew her contract, and she and her publicist and partner, Eva Morales (Jessica Leccia), move to a beach house overlooking the ocean on the Central California coast. The move highlights some small changes in Lainey’s personality – mild depression that Eva puts down to leaving the show. But when Lainey starts to forget more than can be attributed to stress, Eva insists on a visit to the doctor. A Million Happy Nows chronicles Lainey and Eva’s changing relationship as they struggle to deal with the diagnosis of Lainey’s Early Onset Alzheimer’s, the prospect of an indomitable woman’s future of dependence and her single support system – the woman who was once in awe of her, became everything to her, and will now look after her.

The cast includes other soap opera notables including: Hillary B. Smith, Dan Gauthier, Robert Gant and more!  Now after the jump, watch the first official trailer of A Million Happy Nows and then let us know what you thought of it in the comment section below!

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I started watch the Glen Campbell doc on CNN
people struggling with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
ohh gezz that stuff is so depressing and I don’t want those thoughts in my head.
A horrible thing to have to think you might get that, I do not want to know that stuff..
I’d rather live and not think about Alzheimer’s ..
Seeing it is not a cool thing to see what could be.. I tuned out, quickly.

k/kay
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k/kay

I agree it is not a pleasant situation that you really want to sit and watch saying that however I have a family member who was diagnosed last Sept takes no medication refuses to admit that they have it have moved three times since then we finally have them close to us. We are going to see a neurologist for a third consultation probably still won’t help if this web series can help one person understand what a horrible disease it is then my hat is off to them.

Patrick
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@su

I too am scared about this… I have the documentary recorded

I was raised by my grandparents…. my grandpa had to have had this…
this went untreated… he was of the mindset that he wouldn’t go to doctors or wouldn’t listen…. couldnt have

wow… to see someone degenerate… that’s in your heart

to wonder if this is hereditary… boggles

at ease helps

carry on

@K/kay… my sincere empathy… I hope for you and any one

the one character that comes to mind and tugged mightily

Laura Horton : played by the great… wish she was back …. with Bill
Jamie Lyn Bauer : LOVE HER to bits

Aden
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Several things come to mind upon hearing that these two are acting in yet another project…things like the well has run dry….beating a dead horse….stick a fork in it….etc. We get it…for whatever reason, Otalia was a popular story for GL. Personally, I found watching two middle aged straight women becoming Lesbians quite unenjoyable to watch. Since then, these two actresses havent exactly had casting directors knocking their doors down…so they keep making these lesbian themed Web shows trying to capitalize on that popularity. Now this…Lesbians with dementia. I dont get it. Nothing against Lesbians, I know some great ones!!… Read more »

Jamie
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Jamie

Clearly you’ve never heard of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, Spencer Tracy and Kate Hepburn!!!! Maybe you should understand the medium your talking about before you criticize!!! Why don’t you go to the movies, I’m sure Dum and Dummer is playing somewhere!

Aden
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Aden

Um…I want 1500 milligrams of whatever youre on!!

Teresa
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Teresa

Aden,
It seems as though you know quite a bit about these two, from ‘Guiding Light’ > ‘Otalia’ > to ‘Venice’ and to ‘Many Happy Nows’.
I find it a bit disconcerting for someone who finds ‘watching two middle aged straight women becoming Lesbians quite unenjoyable’ only to watch ‘yet another project’ from them. If the ‘well has run dry’ for you, find another well. As for putting ‘a fork in it’, be careful you might bleed to death. I hope the drugs you requested help you with ‘Your Denial’.

in…4 3 2 Action!

Jamie
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Jamie

I can’t wait for this film to be released!!!! I am the caretaker of someone going through this. We need as much attention drawn to this as possible. There can’t be a cure until they find out what causes it.

k/kay
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k/kay

Rent the movie if you have not already Sill Alice I watched three times the book and the movie helped a lot our biggest problem is my sister is in DENIAL the word Alzheimer’s is a dirty word. Good luck to you it is tough .

k/kay
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k/kay

Still Alice

Maria
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Maria

Looking forward to watching this movie. I watched the Glen Campbell show. Very sad to see this happen to any individual. Glad the writer developed this story with the ladies in mind. I never get tired of these two actresses.

dmc
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dmc

The trailer makes you laugh and cry in less the 3 minutes. The chemistry between Chappell and Leccia bring out the caring, patience and love needed to stay with and watch someone with early onset Alzheimer’s keep moving forward while not knowing when or what the future might hold. Regardless of the relationships involved this issue impacts all types of individuals all in the same way – it does not discriminate.

Lisa Taylor
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Lisa Taylor

Looks like a really great story, can’t wait to see it in theatres! I hope it does well.

Judy
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Judy

When is the release date! Can’t wait to see the movie

Tara Proctor
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Tara Proctor

The trailer is fab and i can’t wait for the film to come out.
Please let me know when the release date is as i will definitely be purchasing a copy.
Many thanks, Tara

adele casoria
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adele casoria

cc and jl are actresses and if they cater to the lesbian audience so what,i love when homophobes say ‘I’m not against gays,i have a lot of gay friends’ but, bulls##t if it troubles you to watch these very fine actresses work don’t watch, you have a choice.and you don’t speak for the thousands of people gay and straight who enjoy anything these ladies undertake

Jan Newberry
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Jan Newberry

When will we be able to watch the full movi

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Lisa Brown to be Honored In Virtual Interview With ’42nd Street’ Co-Star Lee Roy Reams

Coming up on a very special edition of The Locher Room, the show will honor beloved ATWT and GL actress, Lisa Brown, who passed away at the end of November in 2021.

Since Lisa was never able to participate in an episode of the series, host Alan Locher is welcoming longtime Broadway star, Lee Roy Reams, who starred along with Brown on the Great White Way in 42nd Street.

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It was one of Lisa’s wishes to have Reams interviewed on The Locher Room.  Lee Roy will chat on his almost 40-year friendship with Lisa, memories of working together, as well as his storied career.

Some of Ream’s other credits include leading Broadway roles in: The Producers, Beauty & The Beast, La Cage Aux Folles, Hello Dolly!, An Evening with Jerry Herman, Applause, Lorelei, Oklahoma and Sweet Charity.

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Circle Thursday, January 27th at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST for the interview and you can watch the livestream here.

So, glad to know that the incredible Lisa Brown will be honored through the appearance of Lee Roy Reams on The Locher Room? Comment below.

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Guiding Light Alum Murray Bartlett Scores SAG Award Nomination for His Performance in ‘White Lotus’

This Wednesday morning the 28th annual SAG Award nominations were announced in the fields of motion picture and television.

In the television category, in the running for the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series, is former Guiding Light and Looking star, Murray Bartlett (Ex-Cyrus, GL), who landed a nomination for his work in the comedy-drama, White Lotus.

Bartlett will compete for the award against: Oscar Isaac in Scenes from a Marriage, Michael Keaton in Dopesick,Ewan McGregor in Halston and Evan Peters in Mare of Easttown.

The 2022 SAG Awards are currently scheduled to air live on  TNT and TBS on February 27 from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.

Last year’s ceremonies were a one-hour virtual presentation and delayed till April due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

As of today, the SAG Award producers are still moving forward with an in-person event as planned along with red carpet arrivals and backstage virtual interviews with the winners.

For a complete list of all the nominees click here.

So, excited to see that Murray Bartlett is contenting for this acting honor? Comment below.

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Guiding Light’s Robert Newman Pays Tribute to the Brilliance of Lisa Brown

On Sunday, longtime Guiding Light mainstay, Robert Newman (Ex-Josh Lewis), shared a heartfelt message on his Facebook page on the death of his former co-star, Lisa Brown (Ex-Nola Reardon).

As previously reported, Brown passed away earlier this week at the age of 67 from cancer. She portrayed the beloved role of Nola on the CBS soap opera from 1980-1985 and was front and center in many stories which featured Nola’s antics, fantasies, and of course, her love affair with Quint, the late Michael Tylo.

In his message on Brown’s death, Robert Newman expressed: “I was greatly saddened to hear of the sudden death of the great Lisa Brown. When I first joined the show in 1981, Lisa was pretty much the center of everything. A real whirlwind. Her work with the late Michael Tylo was fantastic. I particularly have fond memories of Nola’s fantasies …Wizard of Oz, Casablanca, etc. I don’t think I was ever a part of those fantasies, but I remember watching them being taped in the studio and she was just amazing.”

Newman goes on to say: “One of my fondest Lisa memories, however, was sitting in the audience at the Winter Garden Theater in NYC watching Lisa head up the cast of 42nd Street with Lee Roy Reams in 1981 or so. It was one of those times when you see a colleague that you know from one genre, Daytime Drama, in an entirely different genre, Musical Comedy, and you are completely surprised and blown away. Again, she was just fantastic in the role and I as a fellow musical comedy performer, I had great, great respect for her. Below is a clip from a television performance of her as Peggy in 42nd Street. Her death at such a young age is a great loss to the daytime community. Love and prayers to her family and friends.”

Michael Fairman TV also shares below the video posted by Robert below, which reminds us of just how multi-talented Lisa was for her fans, the audience, and to all that knew her. On a personal note: “Lisa always performed at the ‘Night of the Daytime Stars’ benefit for AMFAR in New York City during the AIDS pandemic that I created and produced.  It was the annual event held the night before the Daytime Emmys, and she was always willing to lend her support and talents to help others in need.”

Share your thoughts on Robert Newman’s remembrance of Lisa Brown via the comment section.

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